Monthly Archives: September 2015

EmployAbility Action Research

Over the past 2 months The Future Melting Pot has been conducting outreach work in a number of locations across Birmingham, aiming to gain an insight into barriers to employment facing young people. Action research has been carried out in the form of structured focus groups and individual case study interviews with young people ranging between 16-24 years of age and has covered topics ranging from the informal economy to travel costs. Although we are still looking to hear from the young people of Birmingham, we have also begun research into the barriers to employment facing local businesses. An initial survey has been distributed and interviews with employers are set to commence imminently. The findings of both sides of the action research will be published in a report into barriers to employment in Birmingham and will also influence a workable solution as part of our 12-week intensive programme for young NEETs in Birmingham. If you’re a young person or an employer and are interested in having your voice heard or in hearing more about the project we would love to hear from you via:

Birmingham’s Employers’ Convention

roster-businesses-150x150 To complement the Youth EmployAbility project The Future Melting Pot has been working alongside Councillor Penny Holbrook and Liam Byrne MP to deliver Birmingham’s first Employers’ Convention scheduled for Friday 16th October at Highbury Hall. The event will be an opportunity for local businesses to make pledges in the form of work-related opportunities for the young people of Birmingham’s Hodge Hill District. The 2014 Kerslake Review drew attention to the major challenges facing employment and skills in Birmingham. Washwood Heath ward has the highest rate of youth unemployment in the city, with almost 300 16-25 year-olds claiming out of work benefits and yet education levels in the area are comparatively high – clearly the skills of young people are going to waste! The employers convention will form part of an innovative solution to the city’s major challenges regarding young NEETs.

For more information about the event and to register interest contact

Alternatively to confirm your attendance and intent to pledge employment opportunities click here